Margaret River Wineries: 8 Of Australia’s Premium Wine Makers

by Alexandra Matkowsky

Taste some of Australia’s premium wines, explore amazing underground caves and indulge in a gourmet escape like no other. Located just three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s best wines and surfing spots.

In less than just fifty years, Margaret River has built an international reputation as a home of fine wine in Australia; producing over 20% of Australia’s premium wine market.

If you’re planning a trip to Margaret River, we highly recommend finding accommodation and making a holiday out of it, there’s just too much to see and drink in just one day!

Voyager Estate Vineyard, Image via: voyagerestate.com.au

Getting to Margaret River

By Car: Margaret River Region is a three-hour drive south of Perth. Take the Kwinana Freeway out of the city, this will then become the Forrest Highway. So continue to follow the signs to Bunbury and then to Busselton, travelling via the Bussell Highway.

You can also try the more scenic inland route from Perth. Adding an extra half an hour or so onto your trip (worth it for the views), the South Western Highway guides you inland from the suburb of Armadale, Pinjarra, Waroona, Harvey, Brunswick Junction, Bunbury and then Busselton.

By Bus: South West Coach Lines connects Perth and the South West region, departing daily from the City Bus Port, Domestic Airport & International Airport.

Other: There are a number of local transport companies offering travel by airport shuttle, taxi or car hire. There are also charter vehicle companies which can cater to individuals or groups.

Wineries

From its first vineyards in the early ’70s, Margaret River is now home to over 200 wineries, with over 5,000 hectares of land under vine. Margaret River contains some of Australia’s best wineries. So here are just a few of our favourites for you to visit:

1. Brookwood Estate

An authentic small winery in the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. From cheese & charcuterie platters to long lunch specials, extensive wine varieties to local beer & cider, Brookwood estate offers it all.

Brookwood Estate source: brookwood.com.au

The staff are highly knowledgeable and create an experience that you won’t forget. If you’re in luck, you’ll get a great insight into how the small winery operates and you may even get a tour so you can see for yourself where the magic happens.

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4.8 ⭐️ Google rating

 

2. Cape Grace Wines

Full of vintage charm. Cape Grace is a single vineyard family owned and operated winery, known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. Quality hand-crafted wines, generous with flavour, are what makes Cape Grace a hidden gem worth visiting.

Owners Robert and Karen bring warmth and passion into their wines and vineyard. This is noticeable from the moment you’re welcomed into their quaint winery.

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5 ⭐️ Google rating

 

3. Brownhill Estate

Great, intense wines in an old-school, tin shed cellar door since 1995. Brownhill estate is located about 12 kilometres south-east of Margaret River and covers over 24 hectares. To produce their signature deeply coloured, intensely flavoured wines, the grapes are dry-grown.

Owners Jim and his son Nathan, tend to give you a chance to learn about the history of Brownhill and how it became the established winery it is today.

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5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.7 ⭐️ Google rating

 

4. Woodlands Wines

Amazing wines at affordable prices in a down to earth winery. Established in 1973 by David and Heather Watson, Woodlands was one of Margaret River’s first five wineries. They are known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay.

Woodlands Wines source: woodlandswines.com.au

The grapes are dry-grown and maintained by hand using only organic and traditional methods. A winery full of passion, great staff, beautiful views and superb wines, it’s well worth the visit.

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4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
5 ⭐️ Google rating

 

5. Stella Bella Wines

Wine made to compliment your lifestyle and create a memorable experience. Amazing service, unique wines and a warm greeting on arrival is what to expect. In 2000, Stella Bella released a Pink Moscato, the very first wine of its style in Australia.

The winemakers gained inspiration from Italy and were determined to produce unique wines to Margaret River. So pack a picnic and enjoy elegant, aromatic wines whilst overlooking the vineyards and charming little cellar door, you can thank us later.

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4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.9 ⭐️ Google rating

 

6. Voyager Estate

A fine dining experience accompanied by fantastic service. Indulge in a divine 7-course tasting menu or perhaps something a little lighter to soak up the wine. Immerse yourself in a tour of the vines, taste the wine, visit the large underground cellar and conclude with a private wine tasting in the wine room (perfect for a date or anniversary).

Voyager Estate source: voyagerestate.com.au

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4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.4 ⭐️ Google rating

 

7. Willespie

Located in a beautiful & prestigious part of Margaret River, characterised by a Mediterranean climate. Willespie has been passed down through generations since it began in 1972.

Willespie Wines source: willespie.com.au

Enjoy stunning views whilst tasting wines at the cellar door. Then meet the generations of owners who have a long-held passion for creating excellent wines.

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5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
5 ⭐️ Google rating

 

8. Juniper Estate

In 1973, Juniper was one of only 6 wineries in Margaret River. Known as a ‘must-see gem’, Juniper Estate is great for kids, couples, or groups of any size. The wineries vines are hand-pruned, hand-picked and the wine is then hand-made, making Juniper unique in its own way.

Juniper Estate source: juniperestate.com.au

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4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.9 ⭐️ Google rating

 

Things to do in Margaret River

If for some reason you’ve had enough of visiting a plethora of wineries, there’s plenty to explore. Margaret River is not only home to internationally renowned wine but great surfing locations, stunning art, underground caves and picturesque nature.

A more indulgent way to view Margaret River would be via a Scenic Helicopter Flight. Operating from Mid-October until March each year.

If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, Skydiving in Busselton is an exciting way to see those wineries from afar. And you’ll even get a celebratory drink once you land! Skydiving over Margaret River is available from October until April.

Visiting in Summer? Head to Margaret River Surf School and spend the day surfing. Margaret River is home to 75 surf breaks stretching over 130 kilometres.

 

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